Hi,

I'm just need to work out a step taken in the answer to the following question:

A random variable U has the uniform distribution on the range (0, 1). Find the moment

generating function of W, where W is given by W = − ln U, and hence identify the

distribution of W.

Hint: The moment generating function, with argument t, of the exponential distribution with mean θ is (1 − θt)^(−1), for t < θ^(−1)

Now the answer goes like this:

Moment Generating Function = E(exp(tW))

=E(exp(t(-logU)))

=E((exp(logU))^(-t))

=E(U^(-t))

Now from here i don't fully understand how they get to the next step:

=int(1*u^(-t),u=0..1)

and from here they go on to show

Moment Generating Function = 1/(1-t)

I understand how to find expectancies, by integrating, but i am unsure why it is 1*, if someone could explain this to me i would be very greatful.

p.s sorry for not using Latex but it doesn't seem to be working.